From the inaugural issue of The Evolutionary Review, Brian Boyd on the origins of comics. From New Scientist, beyond torture: A special section on the future of interrogation. It seems that what our present day plight calls for is not so much a Robber Baron revival as a new golden age of muckraking. Louis Hartz was wrong: While we did not inherit a European feudalism, we have made an American one. Was structuralism, the big idea of Claude Levi-Strauss, more cult than science? Apostolos Doxiadis, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna — the team behind the bestselling graphic novel Logicomix — investigate. Underwear as Outerwear: Women have been flaunting their underwear for so long now we raise nary an eyebrow at the sighting of a g-string; but men were displaying their undies long before women even raised their hemlines. It’s tempting, in surveying the history of podiatry, to focus only on the grandeur. The Age of Concrete: Tall structures like Dubai’s Burj Khalifa provide remarkable insights about the aspirations of the societies that created them. Responsibility for the illegal brutality inflicted on CIA and Guantanamo detainees cannot be limited to Yoo and Bybee; the essential lesson must be that torture and cruel treatment are not policy options — even when a lawyer is willing to write an opinion blessing illegality. From Moment, an article on the true story of Jews and Freemasons. If you can’t move your face, can you still act with it? How plastic surgery has caused acting to be more stilted, stylized, and masklike. Leon Wieseltier is in search of the sublime in Washington, D.C. Is the pope his brother's keeper? Benedict XVI reeling from fallout of a growing priest abuse scandal in Germany that involves his brother.

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